ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK 2003-2004
Welcome to Central
School for the 2003-2004 school year. The administration, faculty and
staff want to make this a very positive and profitable learning experience
for each of you.
handbook seems to be addressed to you, the student, it is also designed
for your parent’s information and use.
We want you to
have an enjoyable year with a lot of learning experiences. This year is
very important to each of you as it is another step to your educational
goals. We all must work together to assure you a quality educational year
as a solid building block for your future.
In each classroom
we will concentrate on academic achievement in a proper environment.Teachers
will strive to make each and every class a learning experience.
If you have any
questions or concerns please call me at 856-3311.
LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,
he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule,
he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame,
he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise,
he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness,
he learns justice.
If a child lives with security,
he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval,
he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
he learns to find love in the world.
Dreamed I Stood In A Studio
And Watched Two Sculptors There,
The Clay They Used Was A Young Child’s Mind,
And They Fashioned It With Care.
One Was A Teacher; The Tools He Used
Were Books And Music And Art;
One A Parent With A Guiding Hand,
And A Gentle, Loving Heart.
Day After Day The Teacher Toiled
With Touch That Was Deft And Sure,
While The Parent Labored By His Side
And Polished And Smoothed It O’er.
And When At Last Their Task Was Done,
They Were Proud Of What They Had Wrought,
For The Things They Had Molded Into The Child
Could Neither Be Sold Nor Bought.
And Each Agreed He Would Have Failed
If He Had Worked Alone,
For Behind The Parent Stood The School,
And Behind The Teacher, The Home.
- 8:05 a.m. Students may assemble in the lunchroom. Breakfast
a.m. First warning bell. Students are to go to their classrooms.
a.m. Classes begin and tardy bell rings.
- 11:50 Third grade lunch and recess.
- 12:15 Fourth grade lunch and recess.
- 12:35 Fifth grade lunch and recess.
- 2:00 p.m. Afternoon recess.
p.m. School is dismissed - teachers available for conferences.
DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO ARRIVE
BEFORE 7:45 A.M. BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT
YOU HAVE A SPECIAL REQUEST ABOUT YOUR
CHILD’S ARRIVAL TIME, PLEASE SEE
Lunch is $1.60 and breakfast is $.90 per day. Reduced prices are
$.40 for lunch and $.30 for breakfast. Students may purchase extra milk
or juice at breakfast and lunch for $.30 per carton. According to the
Kansas State Food Service Department students may not charge extra milk
at meals. They must pay cash or have money in their account to pay for
Lunch and breakfast monies are due in advance. Students will not be allowed
to charge more than $10.00 in meal fees. Students who owe $10 will not
be allowed to charge any school meals. They must bring their lunch or
lunch money daily until the past due amount is paid.
If paying for meals is a hardship for you, please make application for
free/reduced price meals. Please contact the school office and an application
form will be sent to you.
involve injury to a person or damage to property should be reported immediately
to the office or a teacher. An “accident report form” should
be filled out as soon as possible by the supervisor on duty in the area
where the accident occurred and turned in at the office.
AND FIELD TRIPS
have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian before they
will be allowed to attend. As a part of a Central School Student’s
Educational Program students are expected to take part in all practices
for school programs, field and activity trips, and school programs outside
of the school day. Activities are a part of the educational process and
experiences designed by the school to teach group process skills and other
skills and knowledge as an extension of classroom activities.
Students who are absent from an activity trip, field trip, or practice
for a program during the school day are subject to the section “ATTENDANCE”
as stated in the Central Elementary School Student Handbook.
Field trips and/or activity trips are considered a day of school and the
learning experience will be designed with educational goals in mind. An
absence therefore, will constitute an absence from a regular school day.
During the year, assemblies will be held. They are for
instructional and entertainment purposes. Assembly courtesy is a necessity
at all times.
is essential for students in order for them to benefit from school. Please
make every effort to have your child at school.
According to Kansas state law students are expected to attend school on
a regular basis.
The Principal is the official Truant officer for the building and is required
to report to appropriate state agencies if a student has had excessive
Students are considered truant if they have 5 unexcused absences in a
semester or are absent 3 consecutive days without being excused.
When an absence
occurs the parent is required to notify the school as to the nature of
the absence. A phone call to the school or a note upon the student’s
return will suffice. If the school receives no phone call or note from
the parent the absence will be considered unexcused. Excused absences
are determined by the principal and may include the following:
- Personal illness
- a Doctor’s note may or may not be required
- Illness in the family -
all school work must be kept current, ex. death of a relative
- Observation of a religious
- If a student is going to
be gone for reasons other than the above examples, parents must meet
with the principal prior to the absences to determine if the absence
will be considered excused.
- After 10:00 a.m. a student
is considered absent for the morning. Students must be present for at
least 2 hours after their scheduled lunch break in order to be counted
present for the afternoon period.
Early Dismissals: If a student
is to be excused during the school day, he/she should have his/her parent/guardian
come into the office to sign him/her out.
If You Become Ill At School:
If you become ill at school, you should report to your teacher and then
come to the office where an effort will be made to contact your parents/guardians
or other responsible party. At no time are students allowed to leave school
without the permission of the principal and/or their parents/guardians.
Prolonged Absence (3 days or
more): If you are unable to attend school but are able to study at home,
you should call the office to ask that your assignments be secured from
your teacher. Prolonged absences many times result in failure unless the
student is conscientious about his/her makeup work.
it difficult for students to keep up with their school work and interferes
with the learning opportunities of other students. Every 3 tardies will
equal one unexcused absence. Social rehabilitation services (SRS) will
be contacted after 15 tardies in one semester.
have an effect on the learning atmosphere of the school. Neatness, decency,
and good taste are emphasized as guidelines for the understanding and
interpretation of this dress code. The code is not intended to work a
financial hardship upon any student or family; neatness and good taste
are emphasized, not expensive clothing.
must be neat and clean:
- Hair and body
must be clean and well-groomed.
- Clothing must
not be unreasonably soiled and must be free of offensive odors.
and good taste are required:
- The body must
be sufficiently covered to insure modesty.
- All shirts,
blouses, and dresses shall have sleeves, and all shirts and blouses
shall be long enough to be tucked into pants or shorts.
- All shorts,
skirts and dresses shall be of modest length in which the hem does not
rise above the finger tips when hands are at the side in a relaxed position.
- Shoes must
- No hats, caps,
headbands, bandanas or sunglasses are to be worn in the building.
- Clothing with
profanity, obscene or suggestive obscene writing, or alcohol, tobacco,
violent pictures may not be worn.
- Any style
of clothing that causes disruption or distractions will be deemed inappropriate
by the Principal.
TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
Materials rented from
the school district will be checked by the teacher periodically for normal
and reasonable wear. If textbooks or other materials rented from the school
district are damaged beyond what normal and reasonable use would dictate,
a fee will be assessed for the replacement value of these materials or
If other school
property is damaged purposely by a student, his guardian(s) or parent(s)
will be notified by the principal and arrangements made for the cost of
repair or replacement to be made to the district.
Buses will load west
of the building in back of the school. If you are picking your student
up by car, please use the east side of the building. Parents may use the
entire length of the east curb for this purpose. Please urge your child
to cross streets at corners on the way home and to use the crosswalks
on the east side of the building when crossing in traffic after school.
who rides a school bus at any time will abide by the following rules:
- The bus driver
is in complete charge of the student and may assign seats as needed.
conversation with the driver is prohibited.
- Outside quiet
conversation and courteous classroom behavior is to be observed.
- Students must
not, at any time, extend hands, arms, or head out of the bus window.
- Students are
not to throw waste paper or other rubbish on the floor.
- Students must
stay in their seats while the bus is in motion.
- Any damage
to the bus is to be reported to the driver.
- When leaving
the bus students must observe the directions of the drivers.
- No profane
language will be tolerated.
- Pop cans or
bottles are not allowed on a bus route.
- Pets or animals
are not allowed to ride on buses.
If students will
not ride a bus to and/or from school on a given day please notify the
school, the driver or the bus barn at 856-3333.
these rules, students will be reported to the school principal, who will
schedule a conference with student and/or the parent.
We wish the students
to enjoy lunch period as a social time with their fellow students.
Students may purchase either a hot lunch and/or breakfast. If a sack lunch
is brought from home, a student may purchase milk to drink at $.30 a carton.
Courtesy and consideration are essential for enjoyment of the lunch period.
Each student is expected to follow the necessary procedures in the lunch
- All students
must eat in the cafeteria. No one is to leave the
school grounds without permission.
- We have a
closed lunch period with the following exception:
a. If the parent/guardian comes into the building and
If a student has discipline problems, he/she could end up with
a loss of recess time, in-school suspension (ISS), out-of-school suspension(OSS),
detention after school, assigned to an alternative learning center (ALC),
Saturday school, or corporal punishment (paddling). The normal procedure
is for the teacher to work first with the student then with the parent
and student. If paddling is necessary it will be witnessed by another
certified staff member and will be administered to the buttocks only.
will be used only as a last resort and as designated by U.S.D. 508 Board
Policy. The intention will be for corporal punishment to be administered
in a manner which will not destroy the dignity of the individual.
should be administered in proportion to the gravity of the offense but
should never be administered in anger.
After school detention may be assigned to a student for behavior, or failure
to complete assignments. Detention may be as short as 30 minutes or as
long as 1 hour. Parents will be notified the day before the student has
detention. Students failing to attend or being dismissed because of behavior
will receive further consequences from the principal.
Students may be assigned ALC by the principal for misconduct, tardiness,
failure to complete assignments, or truancy.
The ALC room will
be located at the Middle School on the first floor. It will be supervised
by a certified teacher and students will be expected to have good conduct
and get their work completed.
ALC may be as
short as a few hours or as long as a few days.
Students failing to attend or being dismissed because of behavior will
receive further consequences from the principal.
- Fire drills
will be held monthly and are signaled by acontinuous buzzer sound throughout
- When the fire
alarm sounds, the building should be evacuated immediately.
- All students
should be directed beyond 60 feet from the building.
- Go directly
to the exit as indicated by your teacher during your walk through drill
at the beginning of the year.
- Students are
to return to class upon the signal bell.
- Teachers should
count the number of students present once they are outside to insure
all members of their class are accounted for.
K.A.R. 28-1-6 (1) on
head lice should be called to attention which states: “(1) Prediculosis:
Students infested with lice shall be excluded from school or child care
facilities until treated with an antiparasistic drug and until all nits
have been removed.”
Students finding lost
articles are requested to turn them into the office immediately. Check
in the office if you have lost articles. Items not claimed in a reasonable
amount of time will be turned over to a charitable organization. CLOTHING
No students are allowed to have medicine at school. If a student
needs to take medication during the school day that medication must stay
in the office. A medicine permission form must be signed by both the physician
and the parent and kept on file in the office. This means prescription
medication as well as any over the counter medication (aspirin, cough
drops, allergy medicine, cough syrup, etc). The medicine must be in a
properly labeled container and will be administered by the nurse or an
authorized school official. No exceptions to this rule are allowed. If
a student brings any medicine to school without a signed permission form
a parent will be called to come pick up the medicine. Parents may check
in at the office and administer medication to their child, if needed.
Students are not allowed
to USE OR HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION on school premises: tobacco, drugs
(unless prescription), weapons, dangerous toys, transistor radios, water
guns, or other nuisance items. This includes pocket knives. This list
will include any item in the opinion of school personnel that interferes
with the learning - teaching process.
From time to time, you will have a substitute teacher, who will
have the SAME authority as your regular teacher. They are to be treated
as GUESTS in our school.
MESSAGES AND USE
THE SCHOOL TELEPHONE
is a BUSINESS PHONE, therefore, students will not be allowed to use the
office telephone during the school hours, except in the case of an emergency.
If you want a message delivered to your child please call the school before
Sorry, we do not allow
student visitors from other schools. Their presence sometimes interferes
with an already busy and crowded schedule of teaching and learning.
Students who are withdrawing
from school should notify their teacher and the office as soon as possible.
Parents are asked to contact the office so that records may be handled
properly and promptly and all debts taken care of.
Holiday parties will
be celebrated for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine Day, and Easter.
All holiday parties and birthday celebrations will be held the last 30
minutes of the day.
parties being arranged or held outside of the school will not be allowed
to be handed out in school buildings or on school grounds unless the entire
class is invited.
We will have a
full dress up day in place of Halloween.
Any student while on
school grounds, or in attendance at school activities held off of school
grounds, who exhibits obvious symptoms of having consumed alcohol or is
apparently under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or who has possession
of alcohol or other drugs, will face suspension and/or expulsion. While
suspended or expelled, the student will be prohibited from participation
in or attending school activities. Police and/or juvenile authorities
will be notified of every drug/alcohol related incident.
Homework may be picked
up after school is out at 3:15 p.m. No classes will be interrupted to
prepare or pick-up a student’s homework.